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St. John's beats Fordham 58-47 at MSG

St. John's beats Fordham 58-47 at MSG

NEW YORK (AP) JaKarr Sampson had 16 points and 10 rebounds and Chris Obekpa had seven points and a school-record 11 blocked shots as St. John's beat Fordham 58-47 on Saturday night in the Madison Square Garden Holiday Festival.

The Red Storm (7-3) won for the fifth time in six games and set a school record for blocks with 15. Obekpa, a 6-foot-9 freshman, broke his own record of eight set against Detroit.

St. John's took the lead for good with the first points of an 11-3 run that gave it a 49-41 lead with 5:31 to play. Fordham was never able to get closer than five points the rest of the way.

Sampson had six points in the run, including the two free throws that started it and the layup that ended it.

Ryan Canty, Fordham's center who has improved tremendously over the last three games, had 15 points and a career-high 16 rebounds for the Rams (1-8), who have lost five straight.

Canty averaged 1.6 points as a freshman and had 10 total points this season until he started his personal run that saw him average 14.0 points and 7.0 rebounds.

Jeffrey Short had six points and 11 rebounds for Fordham, which finished with 56-40 rebound advantage, 24-17 on the offensive end.

St. John's, which came into the game shooting 46.2 percent from the field, had its worst shooting game of the season, making 32.8 (20 of 61). The Red Storm's worst night was 36.7 percent against NJIT.

That was nothing compared to Fordham's season-worst 3-for-21 effort from 3-point range. The Rams came into the game shooting 32.1 percent from beyond the arc. They had 23 turnovers matching their season high set in the first game of the season against Texas State.

St. John's leads the all-time series, which started in 1909, 63-21.

VCU loses fourth consecutive game to St. Louis

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VCU loses fourth consecutive game to St. Louis

ST. LOUIS -- Javonte Perkins had 25 points as Saint Louis topped VCU 80-62 on Friday night.

Hasahn French had 18 points for Saint Louis (19-8, 8-6 Atlantic 10 Conference). Terrence Hargrove Jr. added 11 points. Jordan Goodwin had 10 points.

Marcus Santos-Silva had 11 points for the Rams (17-10, 7-7), who have now lost four consecutive games. De'Riante Jenkins added 10 points.

Saint Louis plays Saint Joseph's at home on Wednesday. VCU faces UMass on the road on Wednesday.

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Tristan Thompson calls Bradley Beal one of the best shooting guards in the league

Tristan Thompson calls Bradley Beal one of the best shooting guards in the league

Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson spoke with reporters after the team's victory over the Wizards Friday night, praising Bradley Beal, who was snubbed from All-Star consideration this season despite averaging nearly 30 points-per-game.

The Cavaliers held the Wizards to just 21 points in the fourth quarter, and Thompson said their main focus was neutralizing Beal.

"The Wizards are really good offensively when they are making their runs," Thompson said postgame. "Bradley Beal is an All-Star in our league. One of the top-three two-guards in our league right now, so we were just trying to make it tough for him."

Beal finished the night with 26 points, but struggled from the floor. Beal shot 9-for-28 from the floor and the Cavaliers' stingy defense was clearly a factor.

Beal and the Wizards will have a chance to get back on track on Sunday night at Capital One Arena when they host the Chicago Bulls for the final time this season.

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